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THEORY OF A GOSPEL MINISTRY.
PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY AT LAUSANNE.
Translated from the French.
SECOND EDITION, CAREFULLY REVISED AND CORRECTED.
“ Let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and
DUBLIN: JOHN ROBERTSON.
ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITORS.
The volume which we now present to the public was not prepared for the press by M. Vinet. It consists merely of notes which were used as the basis of a course of lectures prepared for the students of the Academy at Lausanne. These notes, which are for the most part drawn up with the greatest care, yet sometimes appear to be simply an outline, which the professor designed to complete in the delivery. This will account for those imperfections in the form which would certainly have disappeared if the author had himself given a finishing stroke to his work. We have, however, thought it best to publish it in the state in which we found it, without allowing ourselves to remodel any part. But, as we had, for some parts of the course, more than one original manuscript, the task has often fallen to us of completing one by the aid of another. Farther, when something additional seemed indispensable in order to elucidate or complete the idea of the author, we have inserted developments derived from the note-books of M. Vinet's auditors. These might have been multiplied, but we have only employed them where we thought them necessary, and all additions of this kind have been placed in brackets , in order that the reader may recognise them. M. Vinet has himself translated several of the
taken from ancient or foreign authors, which are introduced in the course of the work. Those which were quoted in the original language we have ourselves translated.
The appendix at the end of the volume consists principally of passages from authors, to which M. Vinet merely refers, but which appear to have been read by him during his lectures, and which serve to elucidate his thoughts; several have been